No bunking, drinking at school - premier

2012-01-18 14:20

Johannesburg - Drinking at school and staying away from classes would be "severely dealt with", Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told Diepsloot pupils outside Johannesburg on Wednesday.

She urged them to avoid prioritising leisure activities, such as matric dances and partying. Education should come first.

"Things that create an environment not conducive to good learning, such as drinking liquor at school and staying away from school, will be severely dealt with."

Mokonyane was addressing hundreds of parents and pupils at the official reopening of the Itirele-Zenzele Secondary School in Diepsloot.

Education key to success

She said education was the key to success and took hard work.

"Your future is in your hands and you must start planning for it today, by studying.

"We are here because we care about you; we spent R70m to build this school so that you can have a good future."

Mokonyane was accompanied by Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy and several other officials of the Gauteng government.

The visit formed part of a get-back-to school campaign in the province as schools opened for the new year.

The premier told pupils the government would spend more than R26bn on education this year to make sure that all youth had access to it.

Poor families

"Those who come from poor families must also know that we have supporting programmes in our schools that will make sure that they get access to every service."

After addressing the gathering, 150 children from poor families were given uniforms, including jerseys, socks, shirts, trousers and skirts, and shoes.

Mokonyane said she was looking forward to seeing the school becoming one of the top schools in Gauteng. She said its progress would be reviewed in June.

The premier also called on parents to play an active role in the education system.

"Parents must frequently visit schools to check on the overall running [of the school] and the progress of their children."

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-18 14:35

    Sad state of affairs when you have to tell children that they shouldn't drink at school.

      Willie - 2012-01-18 14:46

      Minister for once just tell this kids that pregnand girls will be expelled together with their boy friends. Because a desk is not designed for pregnancy there are no mid wives at school

      clivecorbz - 2012-01-18 14:55

      Willie, I don't know what weird state of mind causes one to think that the best way to deal with a pregnant teenager is to take away their education... But in the real world, the people who need help and are abandoned are those who come back to haunt society later. Educate everyone, even if they do what dumb teenagers do, cause the aim is to stop people from being dumb teenagers... Whether it's unprotected sex, substance abuse, or violence... It's pretty much the whole point of education!

      David - 2012-01-18 15:00

      I suppose she should have said "Don't drink at school, drink after school".. and instead of no bunking she should have said no bonking..LOL

      nasheenar - 2012-01-18 15:58

      Whats the minister gonna do about it, Kids have lost sense of right and wrong.Respect is not part of their lives so what is the minister going to do when they are caught? She doesnt mention how? Talk is cheap.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-18 16:40

      @Nasheenar, My thoughts exactly. There is no real sanction for bad behaviour in school.

      Daft - 2012-01-18 17:09


  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 14:37

    No Drinking and bunking at Diepsloot Secondary School? That's like saying dont steal to prisoners.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-18 15:07

      Or don't do corruption in Parliament

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-18 14:39

    How do these learners get ready for school in the morning.."Mom please don't forget to pack my sandwiches and Klipdrift".

      Juan - 2012-01-18 15:09

      Unreal, am I dreaming?

  • Deon - 2012-01-18 14:45

    Remember to tell that to the teachers too.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-18 15:08

      They teach by example, by bunking classes to show students what bunking entails.

      Alastair - 2012-01-18 17:02

      Yeah - when I read the headline, I thought that's what she meant. Then I saw her comments were NOT directed at those who are PAID by us to be there, and to instill values into our children, but rather at their victims... sorry, pupils.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-01-18 14:48

    What the hell is this ? No drinking at school. Since wehen do you have tell children that stuff...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 15:25

      Since parents abdicated their roles to teachers...

  • symbolofmylife - 2012-01-18 14:50

    What? It's frowned upon if kids drink at school? Pfft...minister, you wont achieve anything without proper enforcement of discipline. But that will most probably infringe on the much more important human rights you so gladly hand out to anything with a move on to the next social problem...

  • Paul - 2012-01-18 14:53

    they cant even stop their MP's from bunking parliament what makes you think they will get kids to not bunk school.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 15:06

      well thats not so bad, if they bunk parliament then then are less stupid decisions made.

  • tony.calitz - 2012-01-18 14:53

    It's all about the discipline - or rather, the LACK thereof. School kids in some sectors seem to think they're doing others a favour when they attend school. I think many PARENTS require lessons in this regard because they've got no idea about raising kids. Just look around crowded areas like shopping centres & you'll see evidence of this all around - and don't you DARE try to make any comments to their little brats. There's a case being brought against the landlords of gateway by the parents of a kid who was in the care of a 21-year-old relative, who paid so little attention to the child that he apparently didn't notice him climbing onto the bannister of an escalator. The child fell to his death and now the parents have the gall to blame Gateway for being dangerous! I reckon if someone had tried to repremand the child they would've got a mouthfull from the chap who was with him. The case should be against the negligence of the so-called child-minder.

  • Max - 2012-01-18 15:04

    What does she mean with "severely dealt with", you can't do anything to learners that misbehave. Maybe promote them directly to matric to get them out of the system because you can't expel them, you can't give them a hiding...empty threats never did any child any good.

  • Sean - 2012-01-18 15:05

    But drinking is the only the teachers can get thru the day!!!!

      Juan - 2012-01-18 15:10

      And apparently the children too

  • Gaby - 2012-01-18 15:16

    Not everone who lives in Diepsloot is a drunk bum. Your comments are disgusting! My kids go to school in Blairgowrie and are told pretty much the same thing. It is good that they set the standard right on the first day of school. No nonsense will be tolerated. The future is in your hands. What more do you want?

      Max - 2012-01-18 15:33

      Gaby what do you mean with nononsense will be tolerated? How are they going to discipline they learners?

      Deon - 2012-01-18 16:11

      These schools could do with a few strict Ex model C Teachers. Discipline is a problem in many schools.

      Gaby - 2012-01-18 21:15

      @Max at my kids gov. school they manage discipline very well. What is your point? Something else to gripe about? My point is that some people in Diepsloot are putting their heart and soul into educating their kids. Is there something wrong with that?

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-18 15:28

    Nomvula, please fill in a ID10t form to allow the process to continue !!

  • Sunett - 2012-01-18 15:34

    Reading all the comments, and I'd like to know... When I was in school, I was a student, or a pupil. Where does "learners" come from? "LĂȘnahs..." Such a dumb word.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-18 15:41

    ah nomvula sssssh! have you sorted plans for the funeral yet?

  • Andrea - 2012-01-18 15:55

    WHERE ARE THE TEACHERS? And the same for the parents.

  • @RossWZA - 2012-01-18 16:02

    Well I think most of us have bunked before, but drinking is pretty unacceptable.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-18 16:15

    You must be joking....drinking @ school. What are the ANC doing to our country. *ashamed* SMH!!!!

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-18 16:50

    Comment by Willie: That is true, when I was on the schools governing body, I wrote about this as a presentation for Safety and Security and Discipline and also brought up the topic of pregnant students and asked if the educators were qualified in midwifery! I got no response from the Principal and the Chairman and others, instead they all mocked me and I do have the copies of all my presentations. If they want to have children whilst still in Junior or High School, then they should stay at home and come back to complete their studies after they give birth. Senzo, one of the MEC's also commented on the issue of Pregnancy in schools. Poverty was being blamed for this. Clivecorbz has some good comments as well. Yeah, we all wait and observe the progress these students make in public school. Lets give them all a chance to improve their conducts.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-18 17:47

    Teachers should be paid on a clocking system, with bonusses of their students perform well.

  • braamc - 2012-01-18 21:31

    And please no rape, stabbing, murder, etc as well, and no under 25's in matric

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